Oh, How We Miss You!

4 May 2020

Ah, those beautiful outdoor summer concerts! 

We will miss some of them (if not all of them) this year!  It all depends on how long social distancing will be in place, so we wait and reminisce……

Outdoor concerts are unique, we have our own particular likes and dislikes when performing outdoors. For example:


  1. It’s Hot, Miserably Hot, Brutally Hot, Stupidly Hot!!!  There’s no avoiding the heat and there’s not much we can do to prepare for it….we just have to endure it.  Many hours before the audience arrives, we and the crew are setting up the stage and doing sound check.  This is usually during the hottest part of the day.  Even if the stage is covered, the angle of the sun determines who is in the shade and who is not and when humidity is high, it just doesn’t matter!  After set up and sound check there is at least a couple of hours to wait until the show starts….it’s very rare to have a nice air-conditioned place to sit and recharge….so by the time the show starts our energy is zapped!
  2. Mother Nature.   Insects can be a problem in outdoor venues.  They try to fly in your mouth while you are singing or they try to bite you while you aren’t paying attention.  Sometimes (true story) they build a hornet nest in the back of the stage in the spring and surprise the first band of the summer during sound check!


  1. We Get to SEE You!!  When we perform outside, it’s usually in the afternoon or early evening so we can see you!  You are a colorful and beautiful sight, dancing, laughing and having fun. No matter how exhausted we might be, it’s all forgotten when the music starts and you are there to cheer us on!

That’s what we miss the most right now – WE MISS YOU!!


  1. Posted by: May Johnson Johnson

    I miss you too. XXOO

  2. Posted by: AJ DEYOUNG

    So sad Temecula had to cancel our Orchestra tickets have had since December 3, for May 21, sure hope it gets rescheduled, was sooo looking forward to it, was treating my friends 20th anniversary, we never miss you at Pala..You all stay safe.

  3. Posted by: James Lewis

    So glad we had the chance to spend time with Jim and Diane on the HAL cruise in January before COVID shut things down. We are safely back in Michigan and looking forward to another opportunity to see you all in concert. I hope Anne will be there next time.

  4. Posted by: Anne

    Glad we got to see you in January! Anne should be there next time!!

  5. Posted by: Miriam Van Raalte

    Hoping to see you in August at the Candlelight Theater – trying to be optimistic!

  6. Posted by: Anne

    We are hoping to see you in August too Miriam!

  7. Posted by: Karen Chambers

    In New Jersey we woke up this morning to a fresh blanket of snow. It’s almost gone already, but beautiful – especially on the purple azalea!

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